The Chuck Colson of His Generation? UPDATE: Big Government Editor Mike Flynn Talks to Reason


Is James O'Keefe, the 25-year-old "pimp" behind the ACORN sting videos, his generation's G. Gordon Liddy? The FBI thinks so. The Times-Picayune has details on a modern-day version of Operation Gemstone:

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering fedral property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."

More details here.

UPDATE: The FBI affidavit is here (pdf).

UPDATE: I contacted Big Government editor in chief Mike Flynn, who initially ran the ACORN videos and hosts O'Keefe's blog, and he said this: "I have no idea what he was doing or why he was there. If he broke the law, he should face the consequences. Unlike the left, I don't believe the ends justify the means. In no way do I or anyone affiliated with the site condone his allegedly illegal behavior."